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    World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650

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    Laura Getty, North Georgia College & State University

    Kyounghye Kwon, University of North Georgia

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    ISBN 13: 9781940771328

    Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Suzanne Bessenger, Associate Professor, Randolph College on 12/3/19

    The text provides a selection of texts appropriate to a survey of Asian religions course. read more

    Reviewed by Rebecca Sailor, Professor, Humanities, Aims Community College on 6/24/19

    This book comprehensively covers ancient literature to 1600 with key works. read more

    Reviewed by Jessica Tvordi, Associate Professor, Southern Utah University on 8/2/18

    For a compact anthology, this title is comprehensive in in coverage of world literature—from Ancient Greece and Rome, to Asia and India, to medieval and Renaissance Europe, to Native American texts of the New World. Unfortunately, it does not... read more

    Reviewed by Rachael Hammond, Lecturer, Shenandoah University on 5/21/18

    Creating a text such as this one could be daunting. The text is already separated into three pdf’s, so including more texts could become unwieldy at some point. Including more introductory notes on form might be helpful. Those already... read more

    Reviewed by Aimee Barrios, Instructor, Southeastern Louisiana University on 6/20/17

    The text covers an impressive range of materials, but the omission of Middle Eastern and African literature, especially The Arabian Nights, is glaring. The index is effective, but the commentary and annotation are weak. More textual support... read more

    Reviewed by Albrecht Classen, Univ. Distinguished Prof., University of Arizona on 2/8/17

    The scope of this textbook is huge, trying to cover the early history of literature in Europe, the Middle East, India, Japan, and China, extending from the ancient period to the end of the fifteenth century. The authors have made a selection that... read more

    Table of Contents

    Middle East, Near East, Greece

    • Hebrew Bible, “Genesis” and “Exodus”
    • The Epic of Gilgamesh
    • The Iliad and The Odyssey
    • Medea
    • Oedipus the king
    • The Apology of Socrates


    • The Analects
    • The Art of War
    • The Book of Songs
    • The Mother of Mencius
    • The Zhuangzi


    • The Bhagavad Gita
    • The Mahabharata
    • The Ramayana


    • The Aeneid
    • Metamorphoses


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    • About the Book

      This peer-reviewedWorld Literature Ianthology includes introductory text and images before each series of readings. Sections of the text are divided bytimeperiod in three parts: the Ancient World, Middle Ages, and Renaissance, and then divided into chapters by location.

      About the Contributors


      Laura Getty is an English professor at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, GA. 

      Kyounghye Kwon is an assistant professor in the English department at the University of North Georgia. She received her doctoral degree in English and her certificate in Theatre and Performance from The Ohio State University. Her teaching and research areas include world literature, postcolonial studies, Asian/Asian American studies, gender studies, and performance studies. Her current research focuses on how Korean traditional puppet theatre preserves, alters, and adapts Korea's pre-colonial/indigenous memory in its performance repertoires for contemporary audiences, with particular attention to indigenous memory, gender, and the changing nature of the audience. She is co-editor of Compact Anthology of World Literature (UNGP, 2015), an open access textbook funded by a Complete College Georgia Grant. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Asian Theatre Journal, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, Pinter Et Cetera, and Text & Presentation.

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